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The Best Movies Directed by Sam Peckinpah 

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List of all movies directed by Sam Peckinpah ranked from best to worst with photos. Films directed by Sam Peckinpah are listed here and include movie posters and Sam Peckinpah movie trailers whenever possible. This is a collection of the best movies directed by Sam Peckinpah as voted on by film buffs. If you think the greatest Sam Peckinpah movie isn't as high as it should be on this list, then make sure to vote so that your opinion of what the top Sam Peckinpah film is can be factored into this list.

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Sam Peckinpah was fortunate enough to work with talented actors, including Charlton Heston and Marlon Brando. If you're a fan of Sam Peckinpah's movies, you might also like movies by John Ford and John Huston.

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William Holden, Ernest Borgnine, Robert Ryan
The Wild Bunch is a 1969 American epic Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah about an aging outlaw gang on the Texas–Mexico border, trying to exist in the changing "modern" world of ...more

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#15 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #5 of 47 The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s

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Kris Kristofferson, Gig Young, Warren Oates
Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is a 1974 American cult action film directed by Sam Peckinpah and featuring Warren Oates. Made in Mexico on a low budget after the commercial failure of Pat ...more

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#241 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #136 of 223 The Best Action Thriller Movies Rated R

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James Coburn, David Warner, Senta Berger
Cross of Iron is a British-German 1977 film directed by Sam Peckinpah, featuring James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason and David Warner. The film is set on the Eastern Front in World War ...more

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#82 of 382 The Best War Movies Ever #358 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #50 of 221 The Greatest World War II Movies of All Time

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Bob Dylan, Kris Kristofferson, James Coburn
This film is a 1973 American Western drama film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, and Bob Dylan, and written by Rudy Wurlitzer. The film is about an aging ...more

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#77 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #111 of 302 The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time #262 of 591 The Best '70s Movies

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Steve McQueen, Ali MacGraw, Sally Struthers
The Getaway is a 1972 American action film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Steve McQueen and Ali MacGraw. The film is based on the Jim Thompson novel of the same name, with the screenplay ...more

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#46 of 113 The Best Mafia Films #72 of 99 Maxim's Greatest Guy Movies Ranked by Fans

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Ride the High Country
Warren Oates, Edgar Buchanan, Randolph Scott
Ride the High Country is a 1962 American Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, and Mariette Hartley. The supporting cast includes Edgar Buchanan, James ...more

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#83 of 396 The Best Western Movies Ever Made #22 of 47 The Greatest Western Movies of the 1960s #3 of 94 The Best Randolph Scott Movies

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Dustin Hoffman, David Warner, Peter Vaughan
Straw Dogs is a 1971 psychological thriller directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George. The screenplay by Peckinpah and David Zelag Goodman is based upon Gordon M. ...more

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#91 of 254 The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time #91 of 591 The Best '70s Movies #119 of 146 The Best and Scariest Psychological Thrillers of All Time

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Stella Stevens, Jason Robards Jr., David Warner
The Ballad of Cable Hogue is a 1970 Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Jason Robards, Stella Stevens and David Warner. Set in the Arizona desert during a period when the ...more

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#32 of 45 The Best Western Movies of the '70s #78 of 164 The Best Spaghetti Western Movies

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Steve McQueen, Ida Lupino, Ben Johnson
Junior Bonner is a 1972 film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Steve McQueen, Joe Don Baker, Robert Preston and Ida Lupino. The film focuses on a veteran rodeo rider as he returns to his ...more
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Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, James Coburn
Major Dundee is a 1965 Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Jim Hutton, and James Coburn. Written by Harry Julian Fink, the film is about a Union ...more

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#29 of 46 The Best 60s War Movies #13 of 88 The Best Charlton Heston Movies of All Time, Ranked

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Robert Duvall, James Caan, Gig Young
The Killer Elite is a 1975 American action thriller film starring James Caan and Robert Duvall and directed by Sam Peckinpah. The screenplay was written by Marc Norman and Stirling Silliphant ...more
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Kris Kristofferson, Ernest Borgnine, Burt Young
Convoy is a 1978 action film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine and Burt Young. The movie is based on the 1975 country and western novelty ...more
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John Hurt, Dennis Hopper, Burt Lancaster
The Osterman Weekend is a 1983 suspense thriller film directed by Sam Peckinpah, based on the novel of the same name by Robert Ludlum. The film stars Rutger Hauer, John Hurt, Burt Lancaster, ...more
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Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Strother Martin
The Deadly Companions is a 1961 Western film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Steve Cochran, and Chill Wills. Based on the novel of the same name by A. S. ...more
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Olivia de Havilland, Jason Robards Jr.
Royal Earle Thompson's small dairy farm in West Texas isn't a thriving enterprise until he takes on Olaf Helton, a moody, hard-working Swede. Because business starts booming, Thompson makes a ...more
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James Caan, Senta Berger, Slim Pickens
The Glory Guys is a 1965 American film based on the novel The Dice of God by Hoffman Birney. Filmed by Levy-Gardner-Laven and released by United Artists, it stars Tom Tryon, Harve Presnell, ...more
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Bette Midler, Rip Torn, Jack Elam
Jinxed! is a 1982 comedy-drama film starring Bette Midler, Rip Torn and Ken Wahl. Directed by Don Siegel, the veteran filmmaker would suffer a heart attack during the troubled production. This ...more